Many outdoor enthusiasts have long known that time outside makes you feel good. In fact, spending 120 minutes a week in green spaces boosts your well-being, according to a 2019 study published in the journal Nature. Whether you decide to walk around your neighborhood for 20 minutes a day, take up birdwatching in a local park for an afternoon, or spend a weekend skiing in the backcountry, time spent outside is good for us. This winter, we challenge you to try to lift your spirits, improve your health, and have fun by spending two hours every week outdoors. But we don’t want you to go it alone; consider AMC your expert guide for squeezing the most out of this winter, whether you’re completing a backyard scavenger hunt or layering up for a frosty hike above treeline. Below you will find a list of resources—written and compiled by AMC experts and guides—to help you recreate outside safely and responsibly in the coming months.
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What You Need
Winter Hiking Essential Gear List
Where to Go and What to Do
How to Find Local Winter Recreation Activities
The Best Ways to Get Outdoors in Cities
Showshoeing for Beginners Guide
Cross-country Skiing for Beginners Guide
Backcountry Skiing for Beginners Guide
How to Prevent and Treat Common Winter Ailments
How to Safely Cross Water in Winter
What to Do If You Get Lost on a Winter Hike
When to Turn Back on a Winter Hike